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Violist Liisa Randalu was born in Tallinn (Estonia) and grew up in Karlsruhe (Germany). She studied in Frankfurt/Main and at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Liisa Randalu won several prizes at international competitions and was invited to festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Heidelberger Frühling Music festival. She is a scholarship holder of the Hertie Foundation, the Villa Musica Mainz and the Foundation of the German People’s Study Foundation.
Since 2016 she teaches as a guest lecturer at the Music Academy in Tallinn, as well as at the Feuermann Conservatory of the Kronberg Academy.
As a member of the Schumann Quartet she regularly performs in all the major venues and festivals of the world. The ensemble is a prize winner of the Premier Prix de Concours de Bordeuax 2013, the Jürgen Ponto Prize 2014 and received the Newcomer Award of the BBC Music Magazine in 2016. The chamber music partners of the quartet include artists such as Sabine Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Nicolas Altstaedt and Albrecht Mayer.
Oliver Wille was born in Berlin and studied at several universities in Germany (Berlin and Cologne) and USA (Indiana University and New England Conservatory).
As a co-founder of the international acclaimed Kuss-Quartet he started a very active chamber music life at fairly young age. Among his teachers were Eberhard Feltz, Christoph Poppen, Walter Levin, members of Cleveland and Alban Berg Quartet, as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
Oliver has played in several orchestra projects with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin under Christian Thielemann, Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, Camerata Bern or Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons.
An important part of his life became teaching. He got appointed as a chamber music professor at the University for Music, Drama & Media Hannover in October 2011, teaching an international quartet class as well as working with individual students of the school. Since October 2014 he serves as the International Chair in Violin and the leader of newly founded string quartet academy at Birmingham Conservatory, UK.
Oliver writes program notes and CD booklets and holds lecture recitals such as the “Explica“ series of the Kuss Quartet in Hamburg, Hannover and Heidelberg.
Since 2012 he serves as the vize president and artistic advisor of the Chamber Music Society Hannover, further he works as artistic director at a new string quartet festival in Frankfurt. From 2016 on, he will become Artistic Director of the Festival Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.
Already acclaimed not only as one of the foremost accompanists of our day but also for his major contribution to the development of the song repertoire, Graham Johnson has most recently completed his major recording project of the complete lieder of Schubert for the Hyperion label and has embarked on a similar project of recording the complete lieder of Schumann. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen’s Birthday Honours list and in 2002 he was created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. He was also made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in February 2010. In 2013 he was awarded honorary doctorates by Durham University and The New England Conservatory, and was recipient of The Wigmore Hall Medal.
Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and with Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler Berlin’, where he now teaches.
He won the Pianist’s Prize at Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song and Das Lied Competitions, and 1st Prize in the International Hugo Wolf Competition.
Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician, former highlights included recitals in the Festival Dialogues at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Mojca Erdmann, the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, Munich Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall and Barbican with Dame Ann Murray, Robin Tritschler, Michael Collins, Peter Moore, Benjamin Appl and Morgan Pearse. He recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Peter Moore, was resident at the Verbier Festival Academy and Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, and a mentor at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival Academy.
Future engagements include recitals with Golda Schulz at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Elsa Dreisig at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Anna Huntley at Wiltshire Music Centre and Leeds University. He returns to Wigmore Hall, Samling Opera and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy.
Quatuor I Giardini
David Violi, piano
Pierre Fouchenneret, violin
Hélène Maréchaux, viola
Pauline Buet, violoncello
The I Giardini Piano Quartet was born out of the bringing together of four artists who share great affinities: after more than ten years of musical and human complicity, Caroline Donin and Pauline Buet on the one hand, and Pascal Monlong and David Violi on the other, joined forces to concentrate on a repertoire that had long been close to their hearts. Beyond their love of music and their friendship, they approached this piano quartet repertoire with high standards and enthusiasm.
The I Giardinis play the most famous quartets but are also involved in the rediscovery of an ill-known repertoire, collaborating with the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre for French Romantic Music and championing composers less often performed such as Félicien David, Théodore Dubois, Marie Jaëll, Mélanie Bonis et al. (the latter two doubly overlooked by posterity owing to their being women). Since its creation, the Quartet has already performed in Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Beijing, Bologna, Rome and Stockholm.
An open formation sensitive to the art of transcription, the Giardini Piano Quartet also enjoys joining forces with singers to explore the art song repertoire.